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Quick-Thoughts: David Fincher’s Se7en (1995)

David Fincher Binge Part IV of VII, 3rd Viewing 

It’s a little curious seeing a lonesome serial killer almost in complete control of a professional police investigation, isn’t it? To know that nearly every homicidal finding is just another fluctuation into the eventual, unavoidable reveal is enough to make anyone in the audience feel contested to Se7en’s gruesome tendencies. 

It’s the cynical environment that makes David Fincher’s fictional homicide story thee legendary “Se7en,” promoting themes that take glimpses at how narcissistically ugly the world is and whether a new life is truly worth spreading into a society of unspeakable terrors—similar to motifs in Fincher’s follow-up Fight Club. This gut-twisting film is the equivalent to an X-rated Nine Inch Nails music video prolonged into two demanding hours, and in chiefly those regards, it works dexterously. 

After all these rewatches, you really can see the “wrath” in Detective Mills; a man who name-calls and demeans nearly every individual that surrounds him as if he’s one nudge away from exacting self-righteous violence over them. It’s crazy how most of us were too ignorant to presume that he could be the killer’s next prey on our first viewing. It’s become far beyond apparent now, however, that this dude had a target on his back from the moment he stepped on screen. Yeah, the acting could’ve used some touch-up, nonetheless. Good thing this man grew up to become the flawlessly portrayed, Tyler Durden, four years later. 

Imagine if this movie was sponsored by Amazon, though. What a missed opportunity, fellas. C’mon. 

Verdict Change: A —> A-

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“Se7en” is now available to stream on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and Showtime.

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